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Textiles A-Level

What is the Textiles A-Level Course?

Textiles A-Level is an art-based subject in which you will experiment with a wide range of techniques and processes including; drawing and painting, hand and machine embroidery, printmaking, garment construction, felt making, ceramics, screen-printing and many more.

A-Level Textiles opens up many opportunities in the field of Art & Design. If you have a passion for art and textiles and are interested in potential careers in industries such as fashion, arts and crafts, fine art, printed textiles, ceramics, fashion marketing or journalism, then A-Level Textiles is a good starting point.

What Will You Study?

In your first year, you will have a portfolio project and an exam project. Your portfolio project will enable you to learn techniques including, hand/machine embroidery, using the sewing machines, printmaking, ceramics, fashion illustration and constructing a garment/wall hanging/jewellery making. With the exam unit, you are given a range of questions to choose from. You will spend time researching your chosen theme through a series of observational drawings, photographs and visits to museums/galleries.

In your second year, you will have to complete a Personal Investigation and an Externally Set Assignment. The first unit is a chance to work towards your own interests. You can choose your own theme to work from. Themes in the past have included architecture, narrative, natural forms, events in history, man-made objects, cultural themes and many more. As well as your practical work, you will produce an essay of 2000-3000 words.

What Next?

Many of our students choose to stay at Cardinal Newman to complete the Foundation Art and Design course, whereas others go straight to university. We have very strong links with universities and recent destinations have included; Manchester Metropolitan University, London College of Fashion, Bath Spa University, Central Saint Martins London and Edinburgh University.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE Art or a 5 in GCSE Textiles.

Design Technology and Graphic Design students will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of work.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Fine Art, Business Studies, Media Studies, Digital Photography and English.

Did you know?

It takes 700 gallons of water to make one cotton shirt.


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